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Kauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/literacy.aspxKauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationWith little fanfare and a strong commitment to boosting student literacy, Kauai and Waimea high schools are leading the state in reducing English remediation in college. The Garden Island schools have different approaches but a shared goal of "Literacy in all subjects." They'll share what they've learned and what's working for them at a state literacy conference in December.
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
Waiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/waiahole-future-ready.aspxWaiahole El dives into Future Ready program expansionBuilding upon lessons learned from the 1:1 device and digital learning pilot, Future Ready Hawaii has expanded to more than three dozen schools statewide in 2015-16. Checking in with students and teachers at Waiahole Elementary in Windward Oahu, one of the schools that hopes to qualify for the program's "fast track."
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/yoshida-math.aspxWe want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettersHow is teaching mathematics evolving in Hawaii's public schools? More collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind including perseverance, reasoning, constructing arguments, and more. The author is Eliza Akana Yoshida, who has taught in Valley Isle schools for 12 years. Next year, she will serve as the math/science curriculum coordinator at Pu‘u Kukui Elementary.
The serious work behind playtimehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/playground-update.aspxThe serious work behind playtimeA school playground is much more than monkey bars and jungle gyms in an open field. It’s a platform for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Play builds synapses just as much as muscle fibers. Which is why the Department takes playgrounds seriously. (And, notably, set policy for students to get at least 20 minutes’ physical exercise daily.)
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
Parents informed of higher learning expectationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parents-informed-of-higher-learning-expectations.aspxParents informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ccteachers.aspxWant better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/standards-vs-curriculum.aspxCommon curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCH.aspxChamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futureSherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, authored this piece about higher standards for students for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Educator, public input sought on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator,-public-input-sought-on-new-student-assessments.aspxEducator, public input sought on new student assessmentsInterested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments. The Smarter Balanced assesssments will measure student understanding of essential English language arts and math skills needed for college and career success.
Report shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Access-Learning-Year-1-report.aspxReport shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learningA first-year report on the Department's Access Learning pilot shows the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools.
Teacher fellows program to advance public educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-teacher-fellows-program-to-advance-public-education.aspxTeacher fellows program to advance public educationOutstanding teacher fellows will voice teacher input on the Hawaii Common Core and implementation of other key initiatives meant to elevate the teaching profession and increase student achievement.
Hawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-partners-with-national-nonprofit-to-engage-teachers.aspxHawaii partners with national nonprofit to engage teachersExceptional teacher leaders selected by Hope Street Group will be trained in peer and community engagement, data collection and media strategies –all with the intent of sharing information with the community about the Hawaii Common Core standards.
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-test-run.aspxNew Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'Approximately 25,000 Hawaii public school students will practice taking improved and more engaging annual state tests meant to better gauge their progress toward college and career readiness.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
DOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-Digital-Curriculum-expands-learning,-teaching-opportunities.aspxDOE Digital Curriculum expands learning, teaching opportunitiesTeachers piloting the program, known as Access Learning, widely agree the technology holds tremendous potential to help them save time, organize lessons, collaborate with peers and expand learning opportunities.
Digital devices help accelerate love of learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Nagamine.aspxDigital devices help accelerate love of learningThis piece was penned by Moanalua Middle Principal Lisa Nagamine and ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Editorial Section on National Digital Learning Day.
Governor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/Governor-recognizes-Keaau-schools’-progress-with-digital-curriculum.aspxGovernor recognizes Keaau schools’ progress with digital curriculumFrom the Keaau Elementary school cafeteria, Gov. Neil Abercrombie proclaimed Feb. 6 “Digital Learning Day” in Hawaii and commended Keaau students, faculty and staff for leading the state’s progress in the adoption of a common core digital curriculum.
8 schools selected for Digital Common Core Pilothttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Eight-Hawaii-public-schools-selected-for-Digital-Common-Core-Pilot.aspx8 schools selected for Digital Common Core PilotThe pilot aims to support schools’ implementation of new digital curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which are new learning standards for English language arts and math.

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